Swelling Melodies

Swelling Melodies (German: Rauschende Melodien) is a 1955 East German musical film directed by E.W. Fiedler and starring Erich Arnold, Jarmila Ksírová and Sonja Schöner.[1] It is an adaptation of the operetta Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II and Richard Genée and was part of a tradition of operetta films in German cinema.. It was released in 1955, and sold 4,968,582 tickets.[2]

Swelling Melodies
Directed byE.W. Fiedler
Written by
CinematographyE.W. Fiedler
Edited byDEFA
Music byJohann Strauss (operetta)
Distributed byVEB Progress Film
Release date
20 May 1955
Running time
82 minutes
CountryEast Germany

It was made by the state-backed DEFA studios. The film's sets were designed by Artur Günther.




  • Liehm, Mira & Liehm, Antonín J. The Most Important Art: Eastern European Film After 1945. University of California Press, 1977.

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